Associate Professor - Political Science

Office: 541-737-6281

Bexell Hall

Bexell Hall 336

2251 SW Campus Way

2251 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
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  • PS 205 - Introduction to International Relations
  • PS 344 - Latin American Politics
  • PS 351 - American Foreign Policy
  • PS 427/527 - Nuclear Nonproliferation and Arms Control
  • PS 428/528 - Terrorism and Global Security
  • PS 458/558 - International Political Economy
  • PS 473/573 - US Energy Policy

Research Interests

  • Energy Policy
  • International Relations
  • American Foreign Policy
  • International Political Economy
  • Latin American Politics

Brief Vita


  • Ph.D., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1997
  • M.A., Political Science, Johns Hopkins University, 1994
  • B.A., Political Science, University of New Mexico, 1988


  • 2001-Present, Associate Professor, Political Science
  • 2006-2020, Director, MAIS Program


  • 2001-2010, Consultant, Think Energy, Inc.
  • 2000-2001, Advisor on Trade and Environment, U.S. Department of the InteriorBernell, David, and Simon, Christopher, (2016). The Energy Security Dilemma: U.S. Policy and Practice,
  • 1998-2000, Special Assistant, U.S. Office of Management and Budget


  • Books
  • David Bernell and Christopher Simon, (2016), The Energy Security Dilemma: U.S. Policy and Practice, Routledge.
  • David Bernell, (2011), Constructing US Foreign Policy: The Curious Case of Cuba, Routledge.
  • Journal Articles
  • Warda Ajaz and David Bernell, (2022). "California’s Adoption of Microgrids: A Tale of Symbiotic Regimes and Energy Transitions," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 138, March.
  • Warda Ajaz and David Bernell, (2021), "Microgrids and the Transition Toward Decentralized Energy Systems in the United States: A Multi-Level Perspective," Energy Policy.
  • Daniel Gray and David Bernell, (2020), “Tree-hugging Utilities? The Politics of Phasing Out Coal and the Unusual Alliance that Passed Oregon's Clean Energy Transition Law,” Energy Research and Social Science.
  • Stephen Gunther and David Bernell, (2019), “Challenging the System: The Role of Community Choice Aggregation in California’s Transition to a Renewable Energy Future,” The Electricity Journal.
  • Mohsin Amin and David Bernell, (2018), “Power Sector Reform in Afghanistan: Barriers to Achieving Universal Access to Electricity,” Energy Policy.
  • Inara Scott and David Bernell, (2015), “Planning for the Future of the Electric Power Sector Through Regional Collaboratives,” The Electricity Journal.
  • Hua Wang and David Bernell, (2013), "Environmental Disclosure in China: The Case of the Green Securities Policy," Journal of Environment and Development.
  • Op-Eds
  • Ambassador Thomas Graham and David Bernell, “A More Perfect Union,” Democracy Paradox, February 26, 2024.
  • David Bernell and Ambassador Thomas Graham, “Trump, Congress, the Border, and Foreign Aid (and Biden Too): Add Contents and Stir,” Democracy Paradox, February 7, 2024.
  • Ambassador Thomas Graham and David Bernell, “Success or Failure in Ukraine,” Just Security, January 12, 2024.
  • David Bernell and Ambassador Thomas Graham, “The Debt Ceiling: Enough Already,” Democracy Paradox, May 26, 2023.
  • Ambassador Thomas Graham and David Bernell,“Putin, Accountability, and the International Criminal Court,” Democracy Paradox, April 24, 2023.
  • David Bernell, “The Invasion of Ukraine and the Geopolitics of Energy,” Democracy Paradox, April 10, 2023.
  • Ambassador Thomas Graham and David Bernell,“U.S. Must Sharpen Attention to Global Crisis Posed by Russia and China,” Just Security, March 9, 2023.
  • David Bernell and Ambassador Thomas Graham, “Moving the Lines in Ukraine,” Corvallis Gazette-Times, Feb. 17, 2023.


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David Bernell is an Associate Professor of Political Science in the School of Public Policy at Oregon State University. His research and teaching focus on US energy policy, international relations, and US foreign policy. He is the author of the books The Energy Security Dilemma: US Policy and Practice, and Constructing US Foreign Policy: The Curious Case of Cuba. Prior to coming to OSU, he served as an appointee in the Clinton Administration with the US Office of Management and Budget, and with the US Department of the Interior.

Affiliated with: 
School of Public Policy
OSU Main Campus
Research/Career Interests: 

Policy Areas: International policy, foreign relations, energy, environment, Latin America

PhD: Johns Hopkins University

PhD Faculty
MPP Faculty
Concentration Contact: 
Energy Policy Contact
SPP Concentration: 
Energy Policy
Environmental Policy
International Policy
Law, Crime and Policy
Rural Policy
Social Policy
SPP Program: 
Political Science